Molly's Kids

Charlotte skyline to light up pink to honor 7-year-old girl who died from asthma attack

Alexandrya “Lexie” McCallum died from an asthma attack in 2005 at the age of 7. Her birthday would be next Friday, March 5. This year she’d be turning 24.

Meet the newest one of our awesome #MollysKids, Cooper Burrell

Hadley Davis: Molly’s Kids update

Molly’s Kids: Aiden and Gracelyn

Molly’s Kids: Michael Davis

Molly’s Kids: Palmer Goforth

Molly’s Kids: Taylor Conley has leukemia

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Molly’s Kids: #HunterStrong update

15 months old and diagnosed with cancer two days ago. Meet the newest one of our amazing #MollysKids

Celebration of life to be held for late former Charlotte Knights slugger Richie Grayum

Meet the newest one of our #MollysKids: Emily Fleenor in Hickory, and her big, loving family

Molly’s Kids: Khailani Hillman update for Down syndrome awareness month

Molly’s Kids: Granville Whitener, 3-year-old whose mother said he had COVID-19

Molly’s Kids: Collin Roberts, fighting brain cancer 13 years of his 15-year life

This one about the warrior you see here, Collin.

Molly’s Kids: Waelynn Johnson - Heart Warrior

Waelynn Johnson was born early… at 33-weeks old… with a heart defect and Down syndrome. She weighed just over three pounds and spent 54-days in NICU.

Molly’s Kids: Christian Eller

Maybe 12-year-old Christian Eller, can act as some morning motivation. You might have first read about him in July, a few days after he was diagnosed with Stage IV Wilms Tumor Nephroblastmo Kidney Cancer.

Molly’s Kids: Koltin McKinney. New doctor says old doctor diagnosed him with the wrong thing.

We first featured Koltin back in January. He’s from Conover, in Catawba County, and now 6-years old.

Molly’s Kids: Emerson Holder update

Molly’s Kids: 4-years after Aaron Evans first brain tumor; he graduates high school

Then, and now. Follow-up to 8-year-old Randyn Simpson... one decade later.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Nicholas (Nick) Smith. 11-year-old in Concord

Molly’s Kids: Bedside music inside Levine Children’s for Bethany Childers

Molly’s Kids: Alan Jackson gets care package to Statesville boy

Molly’s Kids: Emma Holt. The difference a few years can make.

Emma Holt is a longtime one of our #MollysKids, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on Christmas Eve as a princess-dancing toddler.

Molly’s Kids: Ally Davis marks big time 1-year celebration

This 15-year-old Cabarrus County girl is beating cancer a second time.

Molly’s Kids: Allie McDaniels got her yearbook today

Allie McDaniels, 15, longtime one of our #MollysKids, picked up her yearbook from school Wednesday and said she was excited to see her freshman year photo at South Iredell High School. The school let her take it with her service dog, Kolbie.

Molly’s Kids: Madison Graham

Next week, Madison Graham will have her five-year mark. Not a birthday; an anniversary. Five years without chemotherapy. Five years cancer-free.

#MollysKids: Perspective from Mia Furrer

Mia has learned that sometimes you can grab life experiences back--things like riding a bike--after they have been stolen from you.

Molly’s Kids: Meet two sisters in Lenoir with same genetic disorder

The coronavirus isn’t stopping cancer or genetic diseases or preemie births or heart disease in babies

Molly’s Kids: 6-year-old Cayden Cook in Statesville, diagnosed with a rare neurogenetic disorder

Meet Cayden Cook, newest one of our amazing #MollysKids.

Molly’s Kids: A story of strength and determination.

Kayla, Kayla, Kayla. This 8-year-old Mooresville girl lives with two rare syndromes and wasn't supposed to make it to her first birthday.

Molly’s Kids: 15-year-old Adam Kincaid could use some good news

An update tonight on 15-year-old Adam Kincaid. Unfortunately, the update is not excellent news.

Molly’s Kids: Update on now 15-year-old Emily Cook, living with KIF1A

We’ve been following Emily’s journey with KIF1A Associated Neurological Disorder for three years.

Molly’s Kids: Reminder how small gifts can continue to mean big things

Email from mom of Andrew Higgins, one of our #MollysKids who lives with Ehrlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Molly’s Kids: 2nd annual World Rare Disease Day rally in Charlotte

Taylor lives in Charlotte with PURA Syndrome. She’s 1-of-350 individuals worldwide with a known case. Her mother, Amanda Shanks, says it causes intellectual disabilities and motor delays.

#MollysKids: Google Searches

An email sent by Elizabeth Daniels, the mother of one of our longtime #MollysKids, Allie Daniels.

Here’s a twist: #MollysKids helping other #MollysKids

Hannah offered to talk with anyone else living with POTS, to help them network and have an ear to listen. I connected her with Abigale, but wanted to post about her here, too, in case anyone else reading this would like to be in touch.

Molly’s Kids - Concord 8-year-old Lexi Cunningham is finally cancer-free

Lexi rang the remission bell January 10th.

Molly’s Kids: Ella McKee’s brain is disappearing

Heather McKee got news no parent wants to hear. Her 3-year-old daughter, Ella, has Vanishing White Matter Disease.

Molly’s Kids - new diagnosis for Miss Teen United States contestant, Abigale Smuda

Abigale Smuda competed in Miss Teen United States nine months ago while fighting a rare autoimmune disorder. We’ve been following her journey as one of our amazing #MollysKids since 2016.

Molly’s Kids: Imagine if you lived with the flu every day

Quick, happy update about Addison Martinez.

Molly’s Kids: This 5-year-old is FINALLY seizure-free

As an itty-bitty baby he was having multiple seizures a day. For months, the intensity and frequency increased.

Molly’s Kids - In between high school and a job, Mayson Archer is now dealing with Leukemia

Mayson Archer is a student at Discovery High School at Newton-Conover, taking both high school classes and college courses.

  Anonymous Good Samaritan gives Celine Dion tickets to #MollysKids

Céline Dion performed Tuesday night at the Spectrum Center in uptown Charlotte and 15-year-old Ally Davis was there because of you guys.

Molly’s Kids: Drake and Vivian O’Sullivan

Two children of a South Carolina couple live with NKH (Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia), a genetic disorder so rare that only 500 people in the world live with it.

#MollysKids: My ‘Asperger’s Kid’ has grown into a ‘Great, Young Man.’

Eric now currently works at a marketing agency in Hickory and still has his love for journalism. He graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018.

Molly’s Kids: Gabriel Revis is turning 5

At birth, his mother was told he wouldn’t make it three days. Now look at him. Thursday is his 5th birthday.

#MollysKids: 14-year-old Madeleine Crowell lives with something you’ve probably never heard of

Madeleine was born with Hydrocephalus. This means she had an increased amount of cerebral spinal fluid within her brain’s ventricles.

Molly’s Kids: Full Circle, it’s twins for the Hamilton Family!

Good, bad and always real. This update falls into category of “out-of-this-world-kharmic-fantastic.”

#MollysKids: ‘We don’t know’ turns into ‘we think we have an answer!'

When Crystal Bridges first reached out, she wrote a winding email that could be summarized with three words:“We don’t know.”

Emerson Holder, almost 1 year old, living with two rare illnesses

The unknown can be scary, but faith, happiness and hope have gotten Emerson and his family through the first year.

4-year-old Benjamin Vance in Morganton, newest one of our #MollysKids

Benjamin turned 4-years old last month in Morganton, and is one of nine children. Ben also lives with a rare form of dwarfism called Hypochondroplasia.

Molly’s Kids: Maddox Gibson recovering from his eye tumor surgery

Doctors were able to get 90 percent of the tumor off his eye. His mom Lindsay says he was out of the hospital in three days and you’d “never know he had major surgery aside from the incisions.”

Molly’s Kids: Lucy Kale has a genetic disorder so rare, it doesn’t have a name

After years of struggling with schools, Lucy's parents now have found a loving classroom for their daughter.

Molly’s Kids: Preemie Everleigh Rose out of hospital for Thanksgiving, now home

Remember Everleigh Rose Simmons? She was the newest one of our #MollysKids a month ago. She was born in September at 25-weeks, weighing a slight 1-lb, 13-ounces.

Molly’s Kids: NC 8-year-old needs kidney by end of year

Isaac Coleman is running out of time for a new kidney.

  #Molly’s Kids: 15-month-old has had seven brain surgeries

A beautiful, big-eyed reason to count your blessings.

Want to join a New Year’s Day Polar Plunge to help one of our #MollysKids?

Adam Kincaid and his family spend too much time in Boston.

Molly’s Kids: Kyndal Herman. Do you know what living with CF is really like?

12-year-old Kyndal Herman has an invisible disease.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Bryson Helms. This Boy Scout lives with Chronic Pancreatitis

Catching up on so many amazing new #MollysKids stories... happy to introduce you guys to Bryson Helms, a 5th grader at Balls Creek Elementary in Newton. He lives with Chronic Pancreatitis.

Molly’s Kids: Indian Land mother donates her kidney to her son. Both doing well.

Jeff Brown and his wife Erin have waited over two years to give this update: Their son, Lukas, just received a new kidney. Mom Erin was the donor.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Cole Russell. Gastroschisis. Never heard of it? His mom hopes to educate you.

He was in Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital for 93 days – June 26th to September 27th – for complications from a defect he was born with: Gastroschisis.

#MollysKids: Sofia Copp is now a junior reporter with the UNC-Charlotte soccer team

Levine Children’s sent Sofia Copp to interview the UNC Charlotte Men’s Soccer Team. This south Charlotte 11-year-old also met the entire football team.

  Molly’s Kids: Love A Little - Noah Ballard and Mason Coffey

For five years now, Noah has helped make his classmates more aware of what Dwarfism is, and this year he got more creative by inviting his friend Mason in from Burke County to help the cause.

#MollysKids: Giving back to the hospital in her son’s memory

Those who knew Stephen don’t remember him by his illness. They remember him as a happy, popular kid at Salisbury High School. He won Homecoming King, had friends in every direction, and ended up getting his high school diploma while in the hospital right before he passed.

#MollysKids: Wrap up to ‘30 Kids. 30 Stories. 30 Days.’

September is a month to remind us pediatric cancer isn’t rare, and we all need to hug children a little tighter.

  Molly’s Kids: Sherry Pollex and her mission to help Charlotte fight cancer. Day 30 in ‘30 Kids. 30 Stories. 30 Days.’

Levine Children’s Hospital already, right this second, has programs in place for kids fighting cancer that include art and music therapy. All through Sherry.

September 27th: Ivy and Aubree Riddle. Two kids in family of 6 facing uphill medical battles.

September 27th: The Riddle family has six kids. Their lives are far from calm. But the fact that one daughter has already beaten cancer and another was diagnosed with Congenital Myasthenia Syndrome makes their lives indescribably crazy.

September 25th: Victoria Alexis Martinsen.

She was a regular happy-go-lucky, effervescent, opinionated, curious little 4-year-old when diagnosed on January 17th, 2007.

  September 24th: Seth Strickland, nine years later. This is one of the good stories.

We first featured Seth Strickland from Shelby over nine years ago. He was 12-years-old at the time.

September 20th: Merritt Plummer. 2-year-old with rare and unique cancer

She’s two years old. From Rowan County, in the town of Gold Hill. What you’re about to read isn’t pretty, but it’s real. I

September 19th: Facebook Live interview with pediatric oncologist

Dr. Chad Jacobsen, a pediatric oncologist in Charlotte, let Molly Grantham twist his arm enough to go live on Facebook and take your questions, and talk about his world with brain tumors and the children in our area who fight them.

September 18th: Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte... how you can help in ten days!

September 18th: This is about Carsyn Pendley. We met a year ago at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte Gala. She stole the show.

September 17th: Adam Kincaid. The ups-and-downs of a summer.

September 17th: Adam Kincaid had an eventful summer in his fight against NUT Midline Carcinoma.

September 14th: Hometown Heroes. Big Kids Helping Little Kids.

Ka’lon White is 8-years old and battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He has a lot of up-and-down days; his mom says yesterday was one of his best ever.

September 13th: Madison Fedak, cancer-free after nasty bone cancer

Though only six years old, Madison and her parents were also able to raise over $15,000 to give towards research through her Relay for Life Team. And last month, Madison hosted a blood drive.

  September 12th: Ally Davis just got great news, in a year she could use it

his 15-year-old is beating cancer, while WHILE taking college classes.

September 10th: Pixie Dust for Carter Bucciero

These 30 September #MollysKids stories highlight REAL kids in our community who battle. The stories are meant to be shared and educate, as they have every September since 2013.

September 8th: Jack Santos -- his sister was his “perfect match”

Excited to introduce you guys to 19-year-old Jack Santos. His sister is his perfect match.

“Please read.” A father’s lesson. #MollysKids

This clip of an email. Phew. It's written by a dad right this second living the a pediatric cancer reality with his 11-year-old son.

September 6th: TJ’s Team Tournament #MollysKids

Two years ago, this is how we introduced TJ Anderson: